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Global Productions present

Talking Heads

by Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett (born 9 May 1934) is a British playwright, screenwriter, actor and author. Born in Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire, he attended Oxford University where he studied history and performed with The Oxford Revue. He stayed to teach and research medieval history at the university for several years. His collaboration as writer and performer with Dudley Moore, Jonathan Miller and Peter Cook in the satirical revue Beyond the Fringe at the 1960 Edinburgh Festival brought him instant fame. He gave up academia, and turned to writing full time, his first stage play Forty Years On being produced in 1968.

Talking Heads is a series of dramatic monologues written for BBC television by British playwright Alan Bennett. The two series were first broadcast in 1988 and 1998, and have since been broadcast on BBC Radio and included on the A-level and GCSE English Literature syllabus.

A West End theatre production, also entitled Talking Heads, opened at the Comedy Theatre in January 1992 for a 10-week season, starring Patricia Routledge and Alan Bennett, who also directed, plus piano interludes by Jeremy Sams.

Performed at Harlow Playhouse 24-26 May 2012
Performed at Hertford Theatre 1-2 Feb 2013
Performed at The Town Hall, Hunstanton, Norfolk 5-6 Oct 2013

A Cream Cracker Under the Settee
Doris .... Christine Holliss
Setting: mid-eighties
Directed by Richard Holliss

Bed Among the Lentils
Susan .... Elaine Elliott
Setting: contemporary
Directed by Michael Philips

Her Big Chance
Lesley .... Suzanne Macpherson
Setting: contemporary
Directed by David Mason

A Chip in the Sugar
Graham .... Chris Millington
Setting: 1986
Directed by Michael Philips


Stage Manager: Phyl Baker
Assisted by: Richard Holliss
Lighting Design: David Mason
Lighting Assistant: Allen Goldsmith
Master Carpenter: Bob Pamplin
Sound: Chris Millington
Stage Crew: Richard Baker
Programme Design: ZedCapricorn
Producer Michael Philips
Global Productions would like to thank:
Brian Sibley, David Weeks and the staff of the Harlow Playhouse